Monday, February 29, 2016

Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter Return to Broadway in Shuffle Along

So many shows have begun previews this season on Broadway and several more will open to critics reviews by April 28, 2016 in order to become eligible for Tony Award nominations this year.  Prior to the start of preview performances on March 14, 2016, I thought Applause-Tickets blog readers and Facebook fans might want to get the inside scoop into what we might be able to expect from Shuffle Along, an updated take on a musical that originally appeared on Broadway in May of 1921.  That musical was called The Making of The Musical Sensation of 1921 And All That Followed.
Audra McDonald
Originally performed in a remote theater on West 63rd Street in New York City, the show was written, choreographed and featured an all African-American cast and creative people.  The music was all jazz with electrifying dance routines at the time.  It had played 504 performances and it is said to have taken New York City by storm.  The marketing material about the new re-creation, Shuffle Along, was said to have "ignited not just Broadway, but all of New York City.  Because of Shuffle Along, Uptown and Downtown met- and became one".

As we fast forward to the updated show, Shuffle Along is expected to once again take New York City by storm with exceptionally experienced and talented cast members which include Audra McDonald (6-Time Tony Award Winner), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Ragtime), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Joshua Henry (Violet), Brandon Victor Dixon (The Color Purple, Motown) and a cast of two dozen or so. The choreographer is Savion Glover who won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the hit show "Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk".  He's an incredible talent and I'm looking forward to see the work he's creating for Shuffle Along.

Shuffle Along will include the previously untold story of everything that went on "backstage" in the original version of the show and how it changed the world at the time.  The show will open to critics reviews on April 21, 2016 at New York's Music Box Theater on West 45th Street.  Right now, a call to Applause-Tickets can help you obtain excellent seats for Shuffle Along at reduced prices.  We expect this pricing will not likely be available after the show opens and gets it's anticipated positive reviews.

Applause-Tickets is open for business 24/7 and we hope to hear from you if and when your plans include purchasing Shuffle Along tickets or some of the other terrific Broadway Shows playing in New York City or London.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Applause Tickets Is Now Open 24/7 to Book Broadway and London Theater Tickets

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If you are going to shop for Broadway tickets on the internet by searching Google, Yahoo or another search engine, there is no doubt you will have hundreds of options. So what company do you choose to use?

Since I work at Applause Tickets, a theatre ticket broker that's been in the business of selling Broadway tickets and other major events in London and Nationwide for over 28 years now, I will guarantee that you almost have no choice but to take an educated guess as to who to call or email. Being the owner of Applause and always "professionally" bragging about our great staff of Broadway ticket experts, I will stake my reputation on the fact that you will love speaking with our people. Whether you buy a ticket from us or simply get some information on shows or restaurants, I guarantee that when you hang up the phone, you will turn to someone in your home or at your office or maybe just when chatting with a friend, and you will say that you spoke with "really nice people in New York City" that care about their customers.

As for the bragging rights to who has the best ticket service in New York City, well, I've known many competitors for over 39 years of ticket selling and I'd put our people up against anyone. Not only are they great to talk with but they are helpful too. They will make every effort to secure the very best seats for the shows you want to see at the very best prices available.

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We have people working 24/7 to assist you with any questions and to purchase tickets.  Take care.

Rich Gladstone  
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New York, New York 10019
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Steve Martin's Bright Star Begins Previews at New York's Cort Theater

On February 25, 2016, a new, original American musical by the name of Bright Star began playing preview performances at New York's Cort Theater.

Steve Martin (Grammy and Emmy Award winner) wrote the Music, Book and Story for this new musical along with Edie Brikell (Grammy Award winner), who wrote the Music, Lyrics and Story. Bright Star will be directed by veteran Broadway director Walter Bobbie (Chicago the Musical, Footloose, Sweet Charity).

Bright Star takes place in the American south during the 1920's to 1940's.  With a cast of 22, Bright Star tells us the story of a young literary editor that meets an ambitious young soldier sometime after World War II.  She manages to get him to journey back in time to better understand circumstances around the child she lost several years before.

Prior to Bright Star's opening on Broadway on March 24, 2016, my company Applause-Tickets has reduced prices and excellent seating in all sections of the Cort Theater.  If you'd like to call Applause-Tickets and talk about possibly obtaining Bright Star tickets, we'd be happy to hear from you. Applause-Tickets is open 24/7 and offers a terrific, personal service for those people wanting to see Bright Star or any one of the nearly 30 shows playing on Broadway these days.

I hope you'll consider a call to Applause-Tickets whenever your plans include Broadway Theater, Concerts and Sporting Events in New York City and just about anywhere else around the world.

Cheers and good luck to the cast and creators of Bright Star the musical.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Humans on Broadway- A Comedy-Drama, Receives Great Reviews from Critics

I've been reading several reviews from several very well respected theater critics in and around New York City about The Humans, a new Broadway show, since it has transferred from the Laura Pels theater Off Broadway recently.  Critics from The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine and Chicago Tribune have all said very positive things about The Humans.

The Humans, a Roundabout Theater Company production, recently opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater on February 18th.  The Humans is a new play written by Stephen Karam and Directed by Joe Mantello.  With the same 6 member cast that opened the show Off Broadway, this 90 minute comedy-drama primarily focuses on a strong family as it faces various crises in their lives, among them issues involving money, possible job loss as well as relationship issues.  The show tells us about a man by the name of Erik Blake from Pennsylvania, who brings his family to New York City to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at his daughters apartment in downtown.  Although there is a great deal of comedy in this show, as darkness descends on the pre-war "badly in need of repair" apartment building, the mounting pressures of the family members reach a boiling point exposing true feelings for all to see.  They seem to be struggling to "live life to the fullest".

Although I have not personally seen The Humans myself, as soon as I return to New York City from my vacation, I intend to get to the Helen Hayes Theater to catch a performance.  Everything I hear and read about The Humans is very positive.

If you need advice, want to talk about this show or any of the fantastic shows playing on Broadway in New York City, I hope you'll consider a call to Applause-Tickets.com when you have a few minutes to talk.  Applause-Tickets.com is open 24/7 to assist anyone needing advice on which shows to consider buying tickets to, where to sit in the theater or even what great restaurants might be a good fit for you to try before or after the Broadway Theater.

Right now Applause-Tickets.com is offering The Humans tickets at significant price reductions thanks to "special discounts" it receives from the show.  Let us know how we can assist you in obtaining The Humans tickets or possibly another Broadway show you may want to see.

Cheers,
Rich Gladstone
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Monday, February 22, 2016

Hamilton Tickets, The Broadway Show That Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg

I've been a licensed ticket broker for Broadway Shows in New York City for over 39 years now and although we've had many shows that were extremely popular from time to time- shows like The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon, The Producers and lots of others for sure, I must say that although I thoroughly enjoyed this new sensation, I cannot figure out why Hamilton is selling at incredibly high prices like it enjoys right now.  Sure its a great show but after all, it's still just another very solid, well put together Broadway production.  It really defies logically reasoning indeed.  Should the public pay up to 5 times or more for 1 ticket to a Broadway show?

Hamilton is brought to us by the same creative team as In The Heights, the Tony Award winning musical of 2008.  I loved that show every bit as much as I enjoyed Hamilton.  Hamilton is a really creative musical about Alexander Hamilton, the unlikely "founding father" who's determined to climb the ladder of success as high as he can get.  Hamilton tells the audience of his early days from bastard orphan to becoming George Washington's closest ally as well as going from a rebel to war hero to loving husband that gets caught in the country's first sex scandal.  He later becomes the head of the Treasury who managed to get the American people to believe in a real "economy". He was the epitome of a master politician for sure, an immigrant who changed the country.


The star of the show is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the Lyrics, Music and Book of Hamilton.  He is a young playwright, has solid acting chops and natural musical genius who also has had numerous appearances on television as well over the past several years.

Although I saw the show in previews last July 2015 and paid 100.00 for a ticket, I cannot understand why the public is spending 4-5 times as much per ticket from what I paid just a  short time ago.  Other than pure "supply and demand".  The theater is the Richard Rodgers Theater on 46th Street in New York City and has 1319 seats.  Actually this is the answer folks.  It's  really one of the smaller musical houses on Broadway and the demand to see Hamilton is great at the moment.

That brings me to the subject matter of this post today "Hamilton Tickets don't have to cost an arm and a leg.  The ticket industry loves when it gets a show like Hamilton that is constantly "sold out" every performance.  That allows the producers to raise the prices of the tickets.  But one of the things my company Applause-Tickets.com does is to help prospective Hamilton ticket buyers to obtain "more reasonably priced" Hamilton tickets.  How do we do this?  We have access to look at just about every available Hamilton ticket for any date over the next year or so (actually thru January 31, 2017).  So when a client calls Applause-Tickets in New York City at 212-307-7050, we have a look at all the ticket companies that are holding inventory for Hamilton.  We then ask the client the date or dates they might be able to attend then we shop the request with any number of ticket agencies, come up with several seating and pricing options and offer them to our client.

Many clients will not pay upwards of $450-1800.00 to score a ticket for Hamilton.  Who can blame them?  Especially when they can enjoy 2, sometimes 3 shows for the price of 1 Hamilton ticket.  Later this year, the first "road company" of Hamilton will begin playing in Chicago.  Other road companies will be born soon after that.  It will be opening in London soon as well.  As time goes on, eventually ticket buyers will be able to obtain Hamilton tickets or simply decide to see other exciting Broadway shows.  After all, that "supply and demand" principle I mentioned earlier is exactly what will be responsible for the show becoming "easier to obtain" eventually.

For those of you that might be somewhat "flexible", if you contact us, we will search all the inventory available and come back to you with the most "reasonably priced" Hamilton tickets that are available in the secondary market.  Applause's prices are the most reasonable.  Simply shop around and you'll see.  There's only one way to check, consider a call to us.  We've been helping make memories for Broadway ticket buyers for over 28 years now.  Not bad right?

We'd love to help you obtain reasonably priced Hamilton tickets, whether it's for a date soon in the future or somewhere further down the road.   Applause-Tickets can be reached 24/7 in New York City at 212-307-7050 or have a look at our web site at www.applause-tickets.com.

Thanks for considering using Applause-Tickets.com to consider purchasing Hamilton tickets or any other Broadway show.

Cheers
Rich Gladstone
President
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NY NY 10019
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels star in Blackbird on Broadway

Just a reminder to consider purchasing tickets for two outstanding actors back on Broadway, Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams as they recently began preview performances in a Joe Mantello (Wicked) play called Blackbird at New York City's Belasco Theatre.  The show is playing a limited engagement thru June 11, 2016 and opening night is March 10, 2016.

Blackbird has won an Olivier Award for its London production in 2006 for Best New Play.  It played Off Broadway in 2007 with Jeff Daniels in the lead along and Allison Pill as well.

Blackbird is about the past relationship between Ray and Una who after 15 years find each other again.  Ray is now middle-aged and Una is now 27 years old.  They last saw each other when Ray was arrested following their illegal sexual affair and even though Ray has tried to create a new identity for himself, Una locates him and confronts him at his place of work.

I'm a big fan of both Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels (who isn't right?)  If you think you'd like to see these two amazing actors in an exciting drama, you might want to consider a call to my company Applause-Tickets.com.  We have specially priced Blackbird tickets while the show is in previews.

We hope to hear from you soon if your plans include Blackbird tickets or possibly one of over 30 shows playing in New York City this Spring season of 2016.

Bye for now, see you soon at a Broadway theater in New York City in the near future.

Regards
Rich Gladstone
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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Disaster!, A New Musical on Broadway

I had a chance to see DISASTER!, a new musical playing at the Nederlander Theater in New York City the other night. The show, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick is a parody of the "disaster movies" of the 1970's.  The show delivers earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and more while cast members break into very familiar songs of the time such as "Hooked on a Feeling", "Hot Stuff", "I am Woman", "Daybreak" (one of my favorite Barry Manilow songs) as well as many others.
DISASTER! first played a few years back Off Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler .  This Broadway version includes a phenomenal cast of Broadway regulars including Adam Pascal (RENT, AIDA), Roger Bart (THE PRODUCERS, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN), Faith Prince (GUYS and DOLLS, A CATERED AFFAIR), Rachel York (CITY OF ANGELS), Kevin Chamberlin (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) and Kerry Butler (XANADU, HAIRSPRAY).  This cast should easily help sell lots of tickets as the show is in previews right now as well as after its opening night on March 8, 2016.
Disaster! on Broadway is a musical that is big on "fun" from start to finish with excellent direction by Jack Plotnick, one of the show's co-creators, Costume Design by Broadway's William Ivey Long and Scenic Design by Tobin Ost.
Having seen most of the shows playing on Broadway, I'd have to say that if you are thinking of seeing something that is pure "fun and campiness" then you might consider obtaining Disaster! On Broadway tickets.  Right now the seating and pricing for this show are very good.
Consider a call to Applause-Tickets.com at 212-307-7050 or 800-451-9930.  Applause-Tickets is a licensed ticket service for every Broadway show and can be reached 24/7 in New York City.
Enjoy Disaster! On Broadway tickets or any of the fabulous Broadway Shows you may have a chance to see.
Take care
Rich Gladstone
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